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We have previously reported the short-term migration of cemented Hinek femoral components using radiostereometric analysis (RSA). We now report the mid-term migration. During the first 2 years after implantation the prosthesis subsided into varus and rotated internally. Between years 3 and 8 the prosthesis continued to rotate internally with the head moving posteriorly (0.07 mm/year, P=0.004). It also continued to fall into varus with the tip moving laterally (0.07 mm/year, P=0.04). The head (0.06 mm/year, P<0.0001), shoulder (0.04 mm/year, P=0.0001) and tip (0.04 mm/year, P=0.001) continued to migrate distally. There were two cases of failure due to aseptic loosening during the follow-up period. During the second year both of these had posterior head migration, which was abnormally rapid (>2 SD from the mean). We have demonstrated that a cemented implant has slow but significant levels of migration and rotation for at least 8 years after implantation. Our study confirms that implants with abnormally rapid posterior head migration during the second year are likely to fail.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Int Orthop

Publication Date

1999

Volume

23

Pages

140 - 144

Keywords

Bone Cements, Evaluation Studies as Topic, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Foreign-Body Migration, Hip Joint, Hip Prosthesis, Humans, Male, Movement, Photogrammetry, Prognosis, Prosthesis Design, Prosthesis Failure, Radiography